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We are an elite criminal defense law firm, that emphasizes providing the best service and professionalism to all clients. We service a curated clientele nationwide – that expect the best from their lawyer. We handle tough criminal defense and legal situations that require deep knowledge, experience, dedication, and excellence in order to win. We have over 50 years of combined experience, handling national and international cases.

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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.

 



Jacksonville Federal Criminal Lawyers

Fighting your federal criminal charges in Jacksonville is an uphill battle without an experienced federal defense attorney. In Jacksonville, they see a lot of drug trafficking cases, illegal immigration, and gun violations under the Safe Neighborhood Act. The ports of Florida are a hotbed for drug smugglers, which makes the concentration of federal agents here higher than in most of the United States.

That being said, the federal courts also prosecute other crimes that are less serious such as tax evasion, white-collar crimes, counterfeiting, credit card fraud, tax fraud, and identity theft. If you find yourself in the crosshairs of federal agents, you can bet that they want to get their money back for the time expended in your case.

Overview of the Federal Criminal Defense Process

 

Investigation

It all begins with an investigation. The Feds are famous for going all out to profile their targets. They will move in next door, take suspects on yacht cruises, join outlaw motorcycle gangs, use dating apps to create sex stings, and produce Hollywood productions to manufacture evidence of crimes. The Feds are known for entrapping suspects and using the “ends justify the means” philosophy in securing arrests. Our law firm can look closely at their investigation methods that may or not be disclosed in full to determine their legality.

Interrogations

Federal agents will always confront the suspect after arrest with the charges. They will try to elicit a confession or even a partial confession that eliminates disputes over some facts. They can be coercive with the methods by using false promises of leniency for cooperation and other lies.

They may record the interviews but only use the recording if it is favorable to them. If they paraphrase what you said and ad-lib what occurred to their advantage, they will choose this instead. Our law firm will protect you from these coercive tactics and force them to back off. This makes it much harder for them to establish a case against you.

Release on Bail

Our law firm is skilled at presenting the court with mitigating factors to ensure your release on bail. You don’t want to be waiting inside the federal prison even if you think that you will do some time on the case. You have far more respect when you come to court as a free man with a stronger presumption of innocence. Being in prison can take a psychological toll and make you feel hopeless. It can also lead to encounters with confidential informants who can strengthen the case against you.

Refuting Probable Cause

In order to justify your continued prosecution, a hearing establishing probable cause must be held within 10 days of arrest. If any of the criminal elements are based on speculation or could be interpreted two equal ways, then this would be insufficient evidence as a matter of law. Our law firm can help you dismiss cases at this phase when the evidence is lacking, and you are simply a person of interest.

Discovery and Pre-Trial Motion Practice

Once probable cause is established and you are formally arraigned, we can start examining the evidence against you much closer. In many cases, the prosecutors try to manipulate the evidence by withholding key pieces of evidence. They will try to skate by without disclosing evidence by substituting it with whatever they want to say, expecting that we should simply take their word for it.

And we don’t take their word for it and want detailed hard evidence, not suppositions. Our law firm will make the specific requests for exculpatory evidence that are required to preserve the violations for appeal. Withheld exculpatory evidence is often the cause of wrongful convictions. We will also file motions to suppress evidence that is being used unlawfully against you.

Trials, Pleas, and Sentencing

If you go to trial, you need a very skilled attorney who makes all the preparations to ensure fairness. However, 97 percent of federal cases end in plea bargains that exchange leniency for a plea of guilty. The stronger your defense, the more likely the prosecutor is to come down with their penalties. If any aspects of your sentencing are discretionary, we will pull out all the stops to mitigate the penalties, in any regard, and follow with post-trial motions to preserve errors for appeals.

Jacksonville Federal Appeals Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been convicted of a federal offense, it’s a big deal. Aside from the fact that this can mean years in prison, the defendant also faces the many challenges of reintegration into society including:

  • Difficulty finding steady employment
  • Education obstacles
  • Trouble finding housing

While that final bang of the gavel after the judge pronounces the conviction feels final, there is an option that can revive hope for the defendant. Federal criminal appeals can lead to a more desirable verdict and can be well worth the investment.

What is a Federal Criminal Appeal?

A federal criminal appeal is the opportunity for a defendant convicted of a federal crime to challenge their conviction or sentence. It’s important to keep in mind that this isn’t a new trial. Rather, it’s a proceeding that allows the defendant to attack the judgement or order of the court on legal grounds. Just a few circumstances that could be grounds for an appeal include:

  • Lack of sufficient evidence
  • Inaccurate jury instructions
  • False arrest
  • Sentencing errors
  • Juror misconduct
  • Improper exclusion or admission of evidence
  • Ineffective assistance of counsel

Don’t Expect a Speedy Process

Federal courts are busy. With so much going on, it can take months or even years to go through the appeals process. Each claim that’s submitted must be individually examined, and there is no technology currently available that can eliminate the need to use teams of professionals to take on each and every case. If you think you qualify for a federal criminal appeal, it’s important to understand that these cases take, on average, around a year.

You Want Your Argument Heard

In many cases, a defendant waits only to hear back that their appeal was granted or denied. It’s not required that the defendant has their day in court. While this may seem less stressful, it decreases your chances of winning the appeal.

Ideally, you want the chance to present your argument before the appellate judges. In order to achieve this, it’s critical you have a well-planned brief that presents compelling legal issues involving your case. In the event an oral argument is granted, there is typically only around 20-30 minutes to present your case. Because of all these restrictions, it’s worth the investment in an appellate lawyer who is both an excellent writer and oral advocate.

Be Prepared for a Steep Financial Investment

It isn’t cheap to file an appeal. Although costs will vary depending on the complexity of your case, you can estimate what you’ll have to pay:

  • Filing fees are currently $455.
  • Transcript is typically released on cost-per-page basis and can get into the thousands of dollars.
  • Travel funds may be necessary for your attorney to attend oral argument.

While it isn’t cheap to file an appeal, the costs associated with the consequence of jail time and a permanent criminal record can far outweigh the investment in the appeals process.

What If There’s No Acquittal?

Ultimately, you want to be acquitted of your charges. This means all charges are dismissed, and you can move on with life as normal. Unfortunately, this is a rare occurrence.

It’s much more likely trial errors will result in a new trial. It will be held in the same district court as your original trial, and you’ll essentially have to go through the entire process again. While this sounds grueling, there are a couple of potential outcomes that make it well worth the time:

  • The prosecution, for whatever reason, may choose not to try the case again.
  • You may be provided with a more favorable plea offer.
  • You may win your case the second time around.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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